Did you know that the Love Cambridge Gift Card can be spent at more than 200 businesses, from independent and High Street shops to restaurants and galleries? Invest in one today to support the city’s brilliant retailers this Christmas
It’s the Christmas present buying quandary many of us face: just what do you give to the relative who has everything? The answer is a Love Cambridge Gift Card! Taking the guess work out of gift buying, it means that the lucky recipient can head out for a posh dinner, invest in a piece of original art or simply stock up on wardrobe staples.
The Love Cambridge Gift Card is a preloaded Mastercard, (add any amount from £5 to £500), can be ordered online and sent directly to friends or family, with a personal message included. Valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, it’s a great way to support Cambridge businesses at a challenging time.
Welcome to the home of the ‘Flam-kuche’, a yeast free, mega thin, uber tasty flatbread from the East of France. Amelie is the first UK brand specialising in this delectable dish, which they dub the ‘skinny pizza’ as it’s so light. Look out for cheese fondue and hearty salads in the run up to Christmas.
Amelie, The Grafton, Cambridge, amelierestaurants.co.uk
Tuck into afternoon tea with a magnificent view at this cosy, caring independent café which overlooks St. John’s college. Feast on scrumptious homemade cakes and pastries, enjoy cream teas and coffees, or challenge yourself to devour this epic ‘rower’s breakfast’, served with unlimited tea or coffee until the end of the year.
Le Patissier, 11 St John’s Street, Cambridge, lepatissier.co.uk
Enjoy a slice of Sicilian life at one of Aromi’s independent cafes, serving up authentic fare in a cheerful Mediterranean atmosphere. Savour rustic sourdough pizza, fantastic focaccia, delicious arancini, cakes, cannoli and artisan gelato, and watch skilled pizzaioli hand stretching pizza in the window for added street theatre!
Aromi, Bene’t Street, Fitzroy Street and Peas Hill, Cambridge, aromi.co.uk
An award-winning designer women’s boutique in the heart of Cambridge, specialising in stylish clothing, accessories and shoes, to be worn (and cherished) every day. Brands include American Vintage, Maison Scotch, Kate Sheridan and Ruth Mastenbroek. These Markberg shearling mittens, £99, are top of our wish list.
Boudoir Femme, 2 King Street, Cambridge, boudoirfemme.co.uk
SageBrown create beautiful handmade luxury leather goods for men and women in a variety of leathers, colours and textures – all crafted for life. Products include beautifully designed briefcases, portfolios, wallets, purses, handbags, small leather goods and accessories, many luxuriously lined in sumptuous contrast suede.
SageBrown, 31 Trinity Street, Cambridge, sagebrown.co.uk
A haven for hats and caps of distinction (for men and women), crafted from the best British cloths in a vibrant colour palette. A Laird hat evokes a rich English and Scottish heritage, with a modern nuance. The look is slick, stylish and bold. In-store customer service is also delightfully old-school; friendly, personal and informative.
Laird Hatters, 4 Green Street, Cambridge, lairdlondon.co.uk
Cambridge Contemporary Crafts
An independent gallery on Bene’t Street, Cambridge Contemporary Crafts offers a wide range of exquisite gifts including decorations, ceramics and jewellery, all of which are handmade in the UK and also available at their online store.
Cambridge Contemporary Crafts, 5 Bene’t Street, Cambridge, cambridgecrafts.co.uk
Whether you’re searching for a ukulele for your little one, a new bow, a used violin or printed music, Cambridge Strings can help. With over 45 years’ experience in music retail, staff offer an informed, high quality service, along with competitive pricing.
Cambridge Strings, 72 King Street, Cambridge, cambridgestrings.co.uk
Offering an innovative exhibition programme of solo and mixed shows from contemporary artists, Byard is a hub for inspirational art. Think paintings, sculptures, limited edition prints, ceramics, mixed media and handmade jewellery. It’s welcoming too.
Byard Art, 14, King’s Parade, Cambridge, byardart.co.uk
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